An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right? That's usually reserved for conversations about health, but the truth is that it can come in handy when you're talking about your tech setup, too. You can avoid a few remote problems—like losing it forever or having too many on the table—by just asking the cable technician who comes to set up.
It always pays to be nice to the cable guy. Offer up some good conversation and a cold drink and you might be blessed with—oops!—premium movie channels.
That, and you might be able to get his (Or her! Cable "guys" can be girls, too!) help with one of these easy TV remote tips. They could make life easy for you in the long run:
Ask for a spare.
Depending on the cable company, remotes might not be inventoried. Ask nicely for the tech to give you, and set up, a spare remote. Keep it in your desk drawer for those moments when the main remote goes missing a minute before the big game.
Ask him to set up the features you need.
Those cable remotes are just like universal remotes; they can be programmed to control almost anything. If you know that you're going to be running your TV audio through an external speaker system with its own receiver, ask the cable tech if he can set up your remote's volume buttons to control it. One remote makes life easy for you and your guests.
Ask for the manual.
Many times, the cable tech tosses away a small paper manual that was packaged with the remote (pictured above, for Comcast). It's useless to most people, but you might need it one day. If you ever add a component, like the speakers we mentioned before, that manual can help you set it up yourself.
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